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TUF winner and former middleweight champ Michael Bisping made it official yesterday, retiring after a long, successful career in the sport.

We all knew the end was coming, although we expected at least a “retirement fight” out of it. Oh well. Bisping accomplished so much in the cage that he’s more than earned the right to go out on his terms.

You might even say “The Count” – who sometimes let his mouth get the better of him – ended up pretty beloved by his peers. That too is a measure of success.

Here’s some of the love showered upon Bisping when his retirement was announced.

And of course, Bisping was appreciative.